The People and the Elite

Commentary In this sorry time of cancellation and political correctness, as we watch a college dean suspend a professor because a few students complained about his insensitivity, or as we listen to a CEO intone his company’s commitment to social justice, or observe Democrat leaders don an African scarf and bend a knee, two reactions follow. I’ve seen them first hand. When I’ve noted those moments of pusillanimous caving and public posturing, one reply goes something like, “Oh, yeah, well, they gotta do that.” The words are spoken with an air of banal certainty, plus a little fidgeting and a silent hope that I’ll move on. That reaction comes from a member of the elite. This person has an advanced degree of some kind and works in a noted institution, a university or a successful business or the upper portions of the state. He knows people who are like that …

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